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A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

November 26, 2015 Making Investments in Affordable Housing

CALL_FOR-logo-blackTo mark National Housing Day on Nov. 22, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), which represents Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and nursing students is encouraging Ontarians to submit an online petition calling on the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario to make more investments in affordable housing. RNAO says the recent steps Ontario has taken to define homelessness and set a target to end it within 10 years are welcome. However, need is outpacing resources, which is why nurses are calling for dedicated investment.

November 26, 2015 Video showcases success of Durham collaborative planning process

The Durham Collaborative Planning Process helps local children, youth, and families who are not receiving the services they need.

November 26, 2015 Closing gaps in integrated care: Brain injury in the complex client with addictions and mental health issues

Join the next EENet webinar and learn about:

  • The prevalence of brain injury in mental health and addictions settings.
  • How brain injury is related to complex care needs.
  • How existing service structures may reduce access to care.
  • Opportunities for capacity building to better understand and accommodate the needs of people living with brain injury.
November 26, 2015 Free webinar on using tech to support youth mental health

With studies showing that Canada’s youth are online more than ever, it’s important for mental health organizations to embrace new strategies to connect with youth in order to support their mental health. An upcoming webinar hosted by Umind offers tips on ‘non-traditional’ ways of connecting with youth through technology.

November 26, 2015 Release of Report on Marijuana by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

ccsa reportThe Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) released a report to open discussion about policy options for marijuana use in this country.

November 26, 2015 Calling on the Federal Government for a National Housing Strategy in Canada

CAEHThe Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) is calling on the Federal government to make good on their election promise of a National Housing Strategy.

November 26, 2015 StatsCan: Mental health strongly linked to violent victimization

A new Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study has identified that mental health is strongly associated with violent victimization, including sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. The rate of violent victimization for those who reported having a mental health disability or learning disability, or who self-reported their mental health as poor or fair was over four times the rate of those who identified their mental health as excellent or very good. Furthermore, people who experience childhood abuse reported a rate of violent victimization double that of those who had not experience childhood abuse.

November 26, 2015 StatsCan: Unmet health care needs contribute to mental distress among Inuit

A new study from Statistics Canada (StatsCan) identifies that unmet healthcare needs are a significant social determinant of higher mental distress among Inuit people.

November 26, 2015 Research: Canadian psychiatrist and resident attitudes towards patients with schizophrenia

cjp-logoA new research article featured in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry finds that Canadian psychiatrists and residents have relatively negative attitudes towards patients with schizophrenia.

November 12, 2015 CBC examines workplace mental health, Mental Health Works

 The online portal for the nation’s public broadcaster took a closer look at workplace mental health in an online feature earlier in November. In doing so, CBC.ca sought out the opinion of CMHA Ontario’s Mark Henick, program manager for CMHA’s social enterprise, Mental Health Works.